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Nike Doesn't Love Black People Or Colin Kaepernick

Don't be so quick to be convinced.


Last week Nike released an ad for its 30th-anniversary campaign and to everyone's surprise, one of its faces was ex-49'er, Colin Kaepernick.

For anyone living under a rock, Colin Kaepernick is an NFL quarterback. In 2016 he was released by his team, the San Francisco 49'ers and shut out of the NFL after protesting police brutality on the field. During the national anthem, Kaepernick refused to stand but instead knelt in solidarity with those black lives lost as a result of racism, and racial injustice. His single act of civil disobedience was enough to (so far) cost him his career as an NFL quarterback, and start a debate on what the American flag really stands for.

Now, in a perfect world, social inequalities simply wouldn't exist, but in a maybe slightly decent world, one would assume that the average person would have no problem standing behind anyone and anything trying to make the world a fairer and nicer place.

Nope! We're instead going to pretend Kaepernick's kneel was a random and unprovoked ass-shot to the nation's armed forces and veterans. Ironically, the flag is actually a symbol of freedom, which Kaepernick was exercising as he knelt. But that really just does to show you how prevalent ignorance and racism is in a country that calls itself the greatest in the world.

For two years, Colin Kaepernick seemingly had no job as a result of his protest. Other than not backing down from his political views, Kaepernick was shut out by every team in the league and lost all of his endorsements. Protesting that this country is indeed still racist and that black people are treated the most unfairly, was enough to have racist white folk (and Ben Carson) dust off the 'ol MAGA hat.

I find it hard to believe that we are truly disgusted at Kaepernick's "disrespect" of the flag. He hasn't kneeled during a national anthem in two years...he's just speaking out against inequality at this point. So, again, what's the real problem?

After Nike released their ad featuring Colin Kaepernick, black and white folks were shook, but for two very different and problematic reasons.

Now, watching angry white people freak over nothing is one of my favorite past times. Honestly, pass me some kettle corn and Raisinets and I'm good. This time, they have taken to the streets to burn their Nike gear and there's honestly not enough popcorn in the world to help me marvel at the fact that people think they are upsetting Nike by burning the overpriced shoes they have already paid for.

What confuses me more than white folks reaction is black-folks reaction. Now, I agree, it's great that Nike is giving Kaepernick a platform and some coins, but I'm not exactly ready to go drop all my monies off at the nearest Nike outlet. Let's get one thing straight. Nike is a corporation. Its goal is to make as much money as they can by selling as many swooshes as they can. Nike didn't just wake up one day and become socially conscious. It woke up and realized far more black people will buy their crap if they stick Kaepernick in an ad. They then weighed that against the number of white people who would burn their products, (but lowkey buy more New Balance anyway) and realized it was a great way to make money off of the backs of the black community.

Dear Black folk,

Please don't allow corporations to convince you that they have socialist or even liberal political standings. Corporations are and will always be capitalist organizations. There's no way they can't be. Capitalism in America rose off of the backs of slaves and still gains power and wealth off of poor and disenfranchised communities.

Now, don't take this to mean that I'm saying we should stop buying Nike products. All I'm saying is, don't politically aline yourself behind brands just because you think they share the same values as you. They don't. Nike, in particular, gives a 30% discount to law enforcement, and I personally don't see how that lines up with wanting to hold police officers accountable for murdering black people. But at the end of the day, if you like Nike products, buy them because you like them, not because you think they are in line with your belief systems because I promise you, they aren't.

You will wind up very disappointed (as well as naked and hungry) when you start doing research to really find out what these companies support and don't support.

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The End Of The Semester As Told By Todd Chrisley

Because we're all a little dramatic like Todd sometimes.

The last 3-4 weeks of every college student's semester are always crazy hectic.

We have last minute assignments, group projects, and exams all squeezed into the last few weeks before break.

Sometimes we all need a little humor, and sometimes we are all a little dramatic, so why not experience the last few weeks of the semester as told by the king of drama himself, Todd Chrisley of "Chrisley Knows Best."

1. Sitting in class listening to your professor explain upcoming assignments/exams.

2. When your group project members refuse to do anything until the night before it's due or just show up the day of to present.

3. When you and your roommate try to cook with whatever few ingredients you have left in stock.

Because we definitely want to avoid going to the grocery store at the end of the semester if we can.

4. When your parents get tired of you calling them about every little inconvenience in your life.

5. Sitting down to work on assignments.

6. Your thoughts when the professor is telling you what they want from you out of an assignment.

7. When you've had about 30 mental breakdowns in two days.

8. Trying to search out the class for the right group members.

9. The last few days of classes where everyone and everything is getting on your nerves.

10. When your friend suggests going out but you're just done with the world.

11. This. On the daily.

12. When all you want to do is snuggle up and watch Christmas movies.

13. Studying and realizing you know nothing.

14. When your finals are over and it's finally time to go home for break.

You're finally back to your old self.

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Kim Kardashian West: Attorney At Law

People are underestimating her, much like how Warner Huntington III underestimated Elle Woods.


If you've been paying attention to social media, then you may have noticed the little announcement that Kim Kardashian West is participating in a 4-year law apprenticeship with the intention of taking and passing the bar by the end of it. Yes, you heard that right. THE Kim Kardashian. Armenian bombshell, reality show star, businesswoman, and most importantly, the most famous crying meme you'll ever see around.

I'll be honest with you, I don't particularly like the Kardashians. I used to watch their show religiously, but then they got super into promoting appetite suppressants and waist trainers in their social media and I wasn't about that unhealthy body-image life and I stopped following them. However, I do have a certain level of respect for her and how good of a businesswoman she is, because as much as people hate her, they can't deny that she has an empire built around her, no matter how superficial and expensive it is.

Beyond all of that, a lot of my respect for her comes from her and her husband Kanye being loud and unsubdued voices on Criminal Justice Reform. Many people have heard about Kanye's unabashed support of Donald Trump, but putting those feeling aside (however hard they may be), much of what Kanye has done by schmoozing up to Trump, is bring attention to the bigger picture of our broken justice system.

Back to Kim, in May of 2018, she went to the White House and spoke to Trump about prison reform as well as the possibility of pardoning Alice Marie Johnson. One week after her talk with Trump, Johnson was pardoned from a life sentence and was set to be released from prison after serving about two decades for a first-time drug offense. It was this instance that really drew Kim towards law.

This past week, Kim announced that she was going to become a lawyer and since then I've heard many jokes and comments about her and these particular ambitions. These comments mostly come from people who are not of color. These comments come from people who don't understand the hardships that this justice system imparts disproportionately against people of color. These comments come from ignorant people, but I get it. I was taken aback by it too. However, she is using her money, name, and fame to do some really necessary good in this world and for that I applaud her.

So join me in welcoming and wishing her the best at using her fame for something good. Kim Kardashian West, Criminal Justice Advocate and Lawyer.

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